News about the industry and the UAV Academy

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Training Administrator Vacancy - POSITION NOW FILLED The UAV Academy is a Civil Aviation Authority approved ‘National Qualified Entity’ and in that capacity we train and assess people and organisations wishing to operate drones commercially. As a...

CDP-C™ Courses in Hong Kong

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Scottcopters Aerial Solutions as a UAV Academy Accredited Flight School. In this capacity Scottcopters will be delivering our CDP-C™ course including the assessment of commercial UAV pilots for their...

CAA replaces PFAW with PfCO

New Air Navigation Order 2016 brings significant changes Effective from 25th August, 2016 the UK CAA Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW) has been replaced by the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). This reflects changes in the newly published Air Navigation...

CAA Clarifies 50m Rule

The CAA has issued a statement through ARPAS-UK which sets out their interpretation of the rather ambiguous regulation of not flying within 50m of 'people, vehicles, vessels or structures' which are not under the control of the pilot-in-command of a UAV. The statement...

UAV Academy interview on BBC R2 Jeremy Vine show

On Wednesday our Co-Founder Dominic Cross was interviewed by BBC Radio's Jeremy Vine. Bizarrely, given that this was radio and not TV, they insisted on the interview being done at our base at Cotswold Airport and that we should be flying a drone whilst the interview...

Great media coverage for The UAV Academy

The UK CAA's DroneAware campaign has created lots of media interest in the risks associated with people buying and flying drones with no understanding (or a complete disregard) of the regulations which apply to both recreational (hobby) and professional pilots. On...

Some thoughts on Commercial UAV Operators

Over the last year and a bit I have delivered the two day ground school for EuroUSC to over 700 aspiring commercial UAV pilots. The typical composition of the classes changed noticeably during that time. Initially we saw people with RC experience wanting to extend...